Momaya Press Awards 2014

 

Momaya Press Judges and Writers

Momaya Press Judges and Writers


Momaya Press Awards, London, November 2014

Monisha Saldanha welcomes guests

Monisha Saldanha welcomes guests

Monisha Saldanha, Director of Momaya Press, welcomed guests with the following words:

“The common experience of writing is a solitary affair.  Whether they are actually alone in their home or sitting in a public space, writers throw their words into the void of a computer screen and notebooks. Most writers rarely experience the pleasure of seeing their words in print, and more rarely still, hear from their readers.

Maya Cointreau and I founded Momaya Press to redress this balance.  We provide a forum for writers to get feedback on their writing through our website, and we sponsor this annual awards ceremony where writers get to meet the judges who selected their work for publication.  We encourage the audience to try their hand at writing their own stories.  Momaya Press is building a community of readers and writers around the world, to inspire people to express themselves and to support each other.

Most of our waking hours are spent doing things that are functional.  It’s a celebration of life to take time out to write a piece of fiction that exists for no purpose other than as an expression. Our own unique, individual, never-to-be-replicated contribution to the world in which we live.  A piece of writing can change how we perceive the world. By changing how we think, we then change how we live our lives.  Through our individual contributions, we can collectively shape the world we all experience every day – we hope for the better!”

 

Writers on Writing

Katie Lewis, Author of "Ways I am Caught"

Katie Lewis, Ways I am Caught

Katie Lewis, author of Ways I am Caught: “Being chosen for publication by Momaya Press is a fantastic feeling. That an organisation as prestigious as Momaya Press thinks my story worthy of publication is a wonderful confidence boost.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justine Knight

Justine Knight, Dying Darkness

Justine Knight, author of Dying Darkness: “The inspiration for my story was based on personal experience of having an eating disorder, and I was interested in how it warped and shared people’s everyday thoughts, but also how it ultimately affects everyone, like a stone being dropped in a lake. Being chosen by Momaya Press has given me a confidence boost in pursuing a career in writing. I look forward to touching more people’s minds with my writing.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gemma June Howell, Bus Girls

Gemma June Howell, Bus Girls

Gemma June Howell, author of Bus Girls: “As I am from a social deprived Housing Estate in the South Wales valleys, my inspiration came from many of the women that I have witnessed suffering in silence from domestic abuse. I am over the moon to be published with Momaya. It’s the first competition success I’ve had for prose writing. To be published by such a prestigious press is an honour.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth Geldard, Ghost Cow

Ruth Geldard, Ghost Cow

Ruth Geldard, author of The Ghost Cow: “This is only my second publication in an anthology, so as you can image I am thrilled. Being selected by such a respected Press not only validates the feeling that the first publication was not a lucky one-off, but also opens up new possibilities and allows me to dream.”

 

 

 

 

Sandy Norris

Sandy Norris, Walk On

Sandy Norris, author of Walk On: “The original idea for my story is autobiographical. The plot line of a young child finding her mother upset because the father has walked out – happened to me. Being chosen for publication by Momaya gives me a big boost. I have spent three years not only learning how to plot effectively but also refining my language skills and I can see I am making progress.”

 

 

 

John Holland, Night Ape

John Holland, Night Ape

John Holland, author of The Night Ape: “Thank you, Momaya. Winning this should make me take my writing more seriously. I really hope it does. Although I will still hate writing endings.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richardo Fayet, Founder of Reedsy

Richardo Fayet, Founder of Reedsy

Ricardo Fayet, Founder of Reedsy, urged the audience to consider retaining the rights – and control – of their work by taking advantage of digital platforms to publish their work themselves.  Momaya Press hopes that the writers we publish will feel encouraged to continue to develop a body of work that they will share with the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encouraging your contributions
We hope that reading these words inspires you to submit your story to our competition.  Our 3,000 word limit is about five pages typed – it’s something you can write during your lunch break, instead of watching TV after dinner, or by getting up a bit earlier on the weekend.  Submit your story to Momaya Press and an experienced judge will read your story, reflect upon it, and make a considered judgement on whether your story should be published in this year’s annual review.  It’s an incredible validation of your ability. It’s a thing of beauty to share your vision with the world.

We thank the thousands of readers and writers who have supported Momaya Press over the past ten years, and we encourage everyone who reads these words to submit their short story to our competition.   We hope we will have the pleasure of reading your submission!

 

After the formal part of the evening, we relaxed over drinks and food

After the formal part of the evening, we relaxed over drinks and food

A writer and a reader connect over drinks

A writer and a reader connect over drinks

The audience listening to the writers discuss their inspiration

The audience listening to the writers discuss their inspiration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monisha Saldanha and her husband Debanjan Banerjee

Monisha Saldanha and her husband Debanjan Banerjee

Monisha Saldanha with Judges Frances Jessop, Kay Peddle and Alice Shepherd

Monisha Saldanha with Judges Frances Jessop, Kay Peddle and Alice Shepherd

Discussing writing

Discussing writing

The audience listening intently

The audience listening intently

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the writers chosen for publication in the Momaya Annual Review 2014

Momaya Annual Review 2014

Momaya Annual Review 2014

1st Place
The Night Ape, John Holland

2nd Place
Devil’s Evening, Bruce Harris

3rd Place
Home Stocks, Tamara Walker

Honourable Mention


The Voracious Reader, Pat Black
Falls, Leslie Carlin
Motherlove, Mark Farrington
What is Love, Mia Funk
Good Intentions, Joyce Gan
Walk On, Sandy Norris
Another Five Minutes, Condell Rustichelli

 

Published under theme “Captivity”
Dog Days, Matt Barnard
Shooters, Chris Barnham
Captive in this Chair, Gabriel Culver
The Bird, Uschi Gatward
The Ghost Cow, Ruth Geldard
Bus Girls, Gemma June Howell
Dying Darkness, Justine Knight
Both Ways I am Caught, Katie Lewis

 

Congratulations as well to all the writers shortlisted in the Momaya Short Story Competition 2014

Bruce Harris, Devil’s Evening
Cherry Potts, Knitting for Demons
Chris Barnham, Shooters
Condell Rustichelli – Another Five Minutes
Dijneva Reneau-Tuzzolino, Making, Tearing, Mending
Elizabeth Roby Stanton, Mauritius, Tangerine and Onion
Gabriel Culver, Captive in the This Chair
Ruth Geldard, The Ghost Cow
Jane Ryan, The Changing Room
Jennifer Lean, Lost and Found
John Holland, The Night Ape – a True Story
Tamara Walker, Home Stocks
Jonathan Green, The Inner Circle
Justine Knight, Dying Darkness
Katie Lewis, Both Ways I Am Caught
Laura Denning, Amongst Species
Leslie Carlin, Falls
Gemma Howell, Bus Girls
Kevlin Henney, Three Billion Heartbeats, Give or TAke
Lisa Rehfuss, He’s Coming for Me
Maggie Veness, Cicada
Marie Parkins, I Wish
Mark Farrington, Motherlove
Matt Barnard, Dog Days
Mia Funk, What is Love?
Kirsten Marsh, Falling Trees
Joyce Gan, Good Intentions
Pat Black, The Voracious Reader
Paul Johnson, The Herbalist
Sal Page, The Lobster Pot
Sandy Norris, Walk On…
Siamak Vossoughi, The Theory
Sinead Nolan, The East is Red
Susan Augenbraun, A Message in the Veins of a Blade of Prairie Grass
Uschi Gatward, The Bird
Veena Patwardhan, Someone Else’s House
Zoe Meager, Starting Again

See more photos from the night on the Momaya Press Facebook Page.

Photos, Videos & Speeches from previous Momaya Press Awards:

Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2013
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2012
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2011
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2010
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2009
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2008
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2007
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2006
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2005
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2004